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noun: The upper edge of the side of a ship or a boat.
The word is often used in the idiom “to the gunwales” meaning to be full, almost overflowing.
From gun + wale (a plank along the side of a ship), from its use as a support for guns in earlier times. Earliest documented use: 1466.
“Lord’s was full to the gunwales on Thursday; never fuller.”
Michael Henderson; A Day for Deadheads as Rain Drowns Out the Famous Lord’s Buzz; The Times (London, UK); Aug 17, 2019.
See more usage examples of gunwale in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.
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